Handel: Complete Orchestral Recordings / Pinnock

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Catalog Number: B001923802
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Number of Discs: 11

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
You can purchase this 11-disc set of all of Trevor Pinnock’s Handel orchestral recordings for around 20 bucks less than Archiv’s previous, 6-disc collection, which puzzlingly remains available. Go figure. The performances are well known and always have been respected for their vivacity, precision, and idiomatic feeling for the Handelian style–a characteristic swagger that’s hard to define but easy to hear. Performances either have it or they don’t, and these certainly have it.

This is nowhere more evident than in the two performances of the Fireworks Music, both in its original wind band version and the later retread using strings. Side-by-side comparison reveals the surprising fact that Handel’s original massed winds actually sound mellower than the combination of winds and strings, an acoustic phenomenon that may have something to do with the natural vibrato produced by inherent disparities in intonation between the choirs of instruments. Speaking of natural vibrato, these performances of the concerti grossi Opp. 3 and 6 remain very fine and have held up quite well over time. The ensemble happily offers little evidence of that unpleasant, period-instrument scratchiness in the string sonority. In slow movements especially, the playing seldom turns anemic, and it’s only on some of those “squeezed” sustained notes that you become conscious of the musicians flaunting their “authentic” credentials.

Aside from these excellent versions of the concertos, Fireworks Music, and Water Music, the real treat (for me at least) comes with these delightful performances of the complete organ concertos. Not only do they contain some of Handel’s best tunes, but Pinnock uses the alternative harp concerto version of Op. 4 No. 6, in which form the music becomes one of the sexiest, most sensually appealing works in the entire baroque literature. In short, this is a terrific box and a great way for anyone to either supplement or begin a serious collection of Handel’s non-vocal music.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Water Music, HWV 348-350 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1715/1736 ; London, England
2. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1749 ; London, England
3. Concerto a due cori no 2 in F major, HWV 333 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1746-1747 ; London, England
4. Concerto a due cori no 3 in F major, HWV 334 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1746-1747 ; London, England
5. Concerto for Oboe no 1 in B flat major, HWV 301 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1740 ; London, England
6. Concerto for Oboe no 2 in B flat major, HWV 302a by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1740 ; London, England
7. Concerto for Oboe no 3 in G minor, HWV 287 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1703-1705 ; Hamburg, Germany
8. Concerti grossi (6), Op. 3/HWV 312-317 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1715-1717 ; London, England
9. Concerto grosso in C major, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1736 ; London, England
10. Concerti Grossi (12), Op. 6, HWV 319-330 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ;
11. Alceste, HWV 45: Grand entrée by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Michael Laird (Trumpet)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1749-1750 ; England
12. Agrippina, HWV 6: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Standage (Violin), David Reichenberg (Oboe)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1709 ; Venice, Italy
13. Il pastor fido, HWV 8a: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon), Simon Standage (Violin), David Reichenberg (Oboe), Amanda Macnamara (Double Bass), Nigel North (Theorbo)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1712/1734 ; London, England
14. Saul, HWV 53: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Trevor Pinnock (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1738-1739 ; London, England
15. Saul, HWV 53: Sinfonia no 3 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Trevor Pinnock (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1738-1739 ; London, England
16. Teseo, HWV 9: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1712 ; London, England
17. Samson, HWV 57: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Anthony Halstead (French Horn), Christian Rutherford (French Horn)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1743 ; London, England
18. Sonata à cinque for Violin and Strings in B flat major, HWV 288 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1706-1707 ; Italy
19. Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1749 ; London, England
20. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1749 ; London, England
21. Concerto in F major, HWV 331 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1722 ; London, England
22. Concerti grossi (6), Op. 3: no 5 in D minor, HWV 316 - Adagio by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
23. Concerto grosso in D major, HWV 335a: 1st movement, Largo by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
24. Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13: 3rd movement, Larghetto by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Trevor Pinnock (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1750 ; London, England
25. Concerto grosso in D major, HWV 335a: 3rd movement, Allegro ma non troppo by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
26. Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in G major, HWV 399 - Passacaille by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1737-1738 ; London, England
27. Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in G major, HWV 399 - Gigue by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1737-1738 ; London, England
28. Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in G major, HWV 399 - Menuet by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1737-1738 ; London, England
29. Occasional Suite in D major by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
30. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 1 in G minor, HWV 289 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1736 ; London, England
31. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 2 in B flat major, HWV 290 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; London, England
32. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 3 in G minor, HWV 291 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; London, England
33. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 4 in F major, HWV 292 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; London, England
34. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 5 in F major, HWV 293 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; London, England
35. Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Ursula Holliger (Harp )
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1736 ; London, England
36. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 7/HWV 306-311 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1740-1751 ; London, England
37. Concerto for Organ in F major, HWV 295 "Cuckoo and the Nightingale" by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ; London, England
38. Concerto for Organ in A major, HWV 296 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ; London, England
39. Concerto for Organ in D minor, HWV 304 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Concert
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1746 ; London, England
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